One of Atlanta’s premier international musical events, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, returns for its ninth year with a diverse musical lineup curated to please audiences of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations, including Jews and non-Jews. The three-weekend festival will run March 8 through 25 in various locations throughout metro Atlanta.
It is the largest Jewish music festival in the South and is known for introducing the community to unique musical acts featuring world music, rock, hip hop, jazz and more. This year’s festival includes fresh musical talent, returning favorites and a bevy of international artists sure to penetrate the soul of music listeners.
“I can’t think of a more interesting 100 hours in AJMF history than this spring festival’s opening weekend,” festival Executive Director Russell Gottschalk said in a news release. “We have multiple artists performing Yiddish classics, a new-school Yemenite funk band, Grammy Award-winning folk singer/songwriter, two Shabbat services, and one awesome new collaboration with the Atlanta Science Festival to debut Gil Weinberg’s music-playing robot, Shimon.”
This year’s festival will include a partnership with City Winery that is broadening to four featured events/performers: opening night (March 8 featuring Tsvey Brider and Beyond the Pale), Marc Cohn (March 10 and 11), Joshua Radin (March 15) and ATL Collective presents Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” (March 24, two shows). Pianist/composer Joe Alterman, a Riverwood graduate now living in New York, will also perform.
In addition to the new ASF partnership, the festival is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Atlanta Jewish Teen Initiative, also known as JumpSpark, to co-create a Teen Track led by festival board alumni Sammy Rosenbaum.
Visiting singer/songwriter Chana Rothman has the longest artist residency in spring festival history with six engagements: the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Preschool, Venkman’s, the Epstein School, Temple Sinai, URJ/NFTY, InterfaithFamily Atlanta and a congregation yet to be determined.
The festival is excited to continue its collaboration with ATL Collective (two shows of Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” at City Winery), the annual Teen Battle of the Bands (at Smith’s Olde Bar) and numerous Jewish Atlanta program partners including, but not limited to, Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Congregation Bet Haverim, the Davis Academy, the Epstein School, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Temple Sinai, The Temple, and the Weber School.